MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A 1980 Saratoga single engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Myrtle Beach International Wednesday just after 8:30 p.m. because its landing gear would not come down, according to airport officials.
Fortunately no one was injured.
A mechanic at the airport says everyone who has seen the plane is scratching their heads over how the pilot managed to land it with little to no damage. The mechanic says the pilot did "a heck of a job." The mechanic also says he sees landing gear failures often on these kinds of planes, saying nationwide there's one a day in the US.
The owner of the plane refused to comment but Joe Johnson is a pilot who flies a similar model and had the same thing happen to him, only his outcome wasn't as smooth.
"In my situation I flew around in circles for a while, did all my emergency procedures first and then told the tower we are going to come in with the nose gear up so get the ambulance and fire trucks ready," says Johnson whose plane had more significant damage.
The plane is currently being stored in a secured hangar while the FAA investigates.